TV Oct. 10-13: My Name Is Pauli Murray, Fauci, Diana, Nancy Drew, This Is Life with Lisa Ling, The Equalizer, NCIS: Los Angeles, SEAL Team, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, Baby-sitters Club, Convergence: Courage in a Crisis, We’re Here, Ice Vikings, Batwoman, The Sinner, Just Beyond, Fever Dream

If you have been wondering when the fantastic-looking drama series Dopesick is premiering in Canada, you are not alone. News below that I am trying to confirm. Onward to my latest selection of premieres of new and returning series, docs, etc.

Catching up

My Name Is Pauli Murray (doc premiere Oct. 1 Amazon Prime Video) “Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South—who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time. Told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey.”

Fauci (doc premiere Oct. 6 Disney+) I’m halfway through this excellent documentary. Highly recommended. “With his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor and integrity, Dr. Anthony Fauci became America’s most unlikely cultural icon during the COVID-19 pandemic. A world-renowned infectious disease specialist and the longest-serving public health leader in Washington, D.C., he has overseen the U.S. response to 40 years’ worth of outbreaks, including HIV/AIDS, SARS and Ebola. Crafted around unprecedented access to Dr. Fauci, National Geographic Documentary Films’ “FAUCI” is a revealing portrait of one of our most dedicated public servants.

Sunday Oct. 10

Diana (doc series premiere 8pmCT/9ET) “Diana, produced by October Films, re-examines the life of an icon through the lens of modernity: reframing her story to discover the real woman behind the “People’s Princess”. Drawing on a new generation of voices, including interviews from those close to her, the series is a fresh take that reveals a princess unlike any other. A woman more complex than history has acknowledged and a feminist role model who showed vulnerability and strength, Diana was truly a blueprint for the modern woman. … The series premiere, “The Girl from Norfolk”, explores Diana Spencer’s childhood and how a mutual desire for love and affection brought her and Prince Charles together.”

Nancy Drew (Season 3 premiere 8pmCT/9ET W Network)

This Is Life with Lisa Ling (Season 8 premiere 9pmCT/10ET CNN) “is an eight-part investigative docuseries that follows award-winning journalist Lisa Ling as she travels across America exploring communities that are often unknown or misunderstood. As the country tries to reckon with the events of this tumultuous year, there are two questions on everyone’s mind: ‘How did we get here?’ and ‘how do we go forward?’.”

The Equalizer (Season 2 premiere 7pmCT/8ET Global CBS)

NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 13 premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Global)

SEAL Team (Season 5 premiere 9pmCT/10ET on Global CBS)

Monday Oct. 11

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Showcase) “Based on Dan Brown’s international bestselling thriller “The Lost Symbol,” the series follows the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Ashley Zukerman, Succession), who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy. The series also stars Valorie Curry (Blair Witch), Sumalee Montano (10 Cloverfield Lane), Rick Gonzalez (Arrow), Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen) and Beau Knapp (Seven Seconds). Executive producers include Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie, Dan Brown, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Samie Kim Falvey, and Anna Culp.”

Baby-Sitters Club (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “Based on the best-selling book series by Ann M. Martin, The Baby-Sitters Club is a contemporary dramedy that follows the friendship and adventures of seven friends as they start their own babysitting business in Stoneybrook, Connecticut. As demand for their club continues to grow, founders Kristy Thomas, Mary-Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer have now welcomed Mallory Pike and Jessi Ramsey to their ranks. With the new school year comes booming business, new relationships, personal journeys, and important lessons, but through it all the club is there for each other every step of the way.”

Convergence: Courage in a Crisis (doc premiere Netflix) “Oscar winner Orlando von Einsiedel (“White Helmets”) spotlights a cross-section of global citizens in the COVID-19 crisis.”

We’re Here (Season 2 premiere HBO, Crave app) “The six-part unscripted series follows small-town residents as they’re recruited and trained to participate in a one-night only drag performance. In each episode, former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela Laquifa Wadley will help prepare their “drag daughters” by teaching them how to step outside of their comfort zones.”

Tuesday Oct. 12

Ice Vikings (Season 2 premiere 7pmCT/8ET on Cottage Life) “In episode 1, the Ice Vikings crews are eager and optimistic for the start of the winter fishing season – but Mother Nature has other plans. Inconsistent weather makes for tricky conditions and leaves Trevor and his crewman, Riley, on thin ice. It’s a race to stake their claims with big money on the line and put nets in the most bountiful areas of the lake for what will be the longest winter of their lives.”

The Movies That Made Us (Season 3 premiere Netflix) Horror is the flavour of this instalment. Stars include actors Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern and directors Ivan Reitman and Chris Columbus, among others.

Wednesday Oct. 13

FYI only: Dopesick, the fact-based Michael Keaton dramatic series about the beginning of the opioid crisis in North America, premieres this day on Hulu in U.S., has been reported to be headed for a Nov. 12 premiere in Canada on Star/Disney+. I am trying to confirm.

Batwoman (Season 3 premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Showcase) 

The Sinner (Season 4 premiere on Showcase) “In the new season, still reeling from the trauma of a previous case a year ago, the now-retired Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) travels to Hanover Island in Northern Maine for a recuperative getaway with his partner, Sonya (Jessica Hecht). When an unexpected tragedy occurs involving the daughter of a prominent island family, Ambrose is recruited to help the investigation, only to be thrown into a mystery of mounting paranoia that will turn this sleepy tourist island, and Ambrose’s life, upside down. From UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, Derek Simonds serves as showrunner and executive producer, alongside executive producers Jessica Biel and Michelle Purple through their company Iron Ocean. Charlie Gogolak, Adam Bernstein and Nina Braddock also serve as executive producers.”

Just Beyond (series premiere Disney+) “Inspired by the writings of R.L. Stine, “Just Beyond” is an eight-episode anthology series that tells astonishing and thought-provoking stories of a reality just beyond the one we know. Each episode introduces viewers to a new cast of characters who must go on a surprising journey of self-discovery in a supernatural world of witches, aliens, ghosts and parallel universes.”

Fever Dream (movie premiere Netflix after Oct. 6 release in cinemas) “Told from a decidedly feminine perspective, this hallucinatory tale explores the interconnected nature of love and fear in motherhood. A woman named Amanda vacations in a sleepy Argentine village with her young daughter Nina. Ever-concerned with her daughter’s welfare, Amanda constantly calculates the “rescue distance” needed to protect her child. She soon discovers that things around her are not as they seem. A local boy named David interrogates Amanda, as she struggles to make sense of her surroundings. The beauty of the bucolic countryside is a striking counterpoint to an eerie story of dark forces, powerful emotions, and pervasive dangers. From Peruvian director Claudia Llosa, based on the Samanta Schweblin novel of the same name.” 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival official selection fyi.

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Thank you so much for reading this far. So, what is d2tv? Glad you asked. There is so much great TV right now, but too much to easily keep track of. So this blog is me sharing my lifelong habit of tracking TV in general, but premieres in particular — series and seasons and one-offs on Canadian broadcast, cable and streaming. And since I’m doing it for myself, I share it here with you, every Sunday and Thursday. So thanks, fellow traveller, for stopping by. If you want this sent to your email inbox instead, shoot me an email or join the 50! others who subscribe (free, no strings) by typing your email into the box at the bottom of d2tv.wordpress.com, where it reads: “Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.” Who am I, Denise Duguay? Been writing about TV since 1986 or so at the Winnipeg Sun, then at the Montreal Gazette, currently at the Winnipeg Free Press and of course here, for myself and YOU! You might want to know – no judgement – I hate and mostly ignore “non-scripted” reality programming. (BECAUSE IT’S SO MEAN, THAT’S WHY.)

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